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Woodsfield man dies in fatal crash in Caldwell

Lower Salem woman dies in separate crash

A Woodsfield man passed away Thursday, May 9 due to injuries he sustained in a fatal crash in Noble County.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, David Phillips, 79, of Woodsfield, was pronounced deceased at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center following a two-car crash on State Route 78.

At approximately 6:12 p.m., the Cambridge Post of the Highway Patrol investigated the crash that occurred near Milepost 13.

A 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Benjamin Larsen, 43, of Ripley, West Virginia, was traveling westbound on State Route 78. Larsen went left of center and struck a 2015 Ram Van driven by Paula Eickleberry, 55, of Woodsfield.

Phillips was a passenger in the Ram Van.

Larsen was also transported by United EMS to Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

The crash is still under investigation.

In a separate incident, a Lower Salem woman died in a crash near Milepost 36 on Interstate 77.

According to a release from the Highway Patrol, at approximately 3:35 a.m. Thursday, May 9, the Noble County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center reported a crash with injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Chrysler Minivan was southbound in the northbound lane of I-77 when it struck a 2009 Mazda CX9 that was heading northbound.

Shelby L. Farkas, 54, of Lower Salem, was driving the CX9. She succumbed to injuries at the scene of the crash and was transported to Chandler Funeral Home in Caldwell.

Adam N. Schilling, 18, of Beverly, was a passenger in the CX9. He was transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Megan C. Dunaway, 33, of Newark, was driving the Chrysler Minivan. She succumbed to her injuries at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Monroe County Beacon

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